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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Package managers in linux

Most distributions come with administration tools to facilitate installation and removal of software packages. These graphical package manager frontends also take care of downloading and installation of other necessary packages, and can perform security updates of your system.

Using one of these tools will greatly facilitate software installation and removal on your system, as compared to searching on rpmfind or Compilation From Source.

Redhat


1.Uses RPM packages.
2.High-level tools: up2date, Synaptic (See Fedora, Synaptic Package Manager, finding Repositories, listing RPMs, previously installed for downloading, installation, and use of Synaptic.
3.lower-level tools: apt-get, Yum
4.low-level tool: rpm

SuSE


1.Uses RPM packages.
2.high-level tool: YAST
3.low-level tool: rpm

Mandrake


1.Uses RPM packages.
2.High-level tool: rpmdrake
3.Lower-level tool: URPMI
4.Low-level tool: rpm

Debian


1.Uses DEB packages.
2.High-level tools: synaptic, gnome-apt and Kynaptic
3.lower-level tool: apt-get
4.low-level tool: dpkg

Gentoo


1.Builds software from source (though binary installation is possible).
2.Tools: portage, emerge and paludis
3.Graphical front ends: porthole

Slackware


1.Uses TGZ packages.
1.High-level tools: gslapt, gnome-pkgtool, qtswaret
2.Lower-level tools: slapt-get, swaret, slackpkg
3.Low-level tool: pkgtool